2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Neuroscience Major

Associate Professor Bailey

Assistant Professor Vadnie

Neuroscience is a rapidly developing interdisciplinary field of study whose primary focus is understanding the neural mechanisms that regulate mental processes and behavior in both humans and animals.


Students can pursue neuroscience through multiple levels of analysis - from genes to cells to neuronal systems to complex behaviors, especially as related to human behavior & cognition. Students will also learn how disruptions to these systems can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders.


Neuroscience majors often pursue careers in biomedical research, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, medicine (M.D. or D.O), or other clinical professions (e.g. physician assistant, nursing, or physical therapy).

Learning Objectives


1. Students will acquire the core knowledge, skills, and experiences relevant to the study of the nervous system.

2. Students will be able to develop hypotheses, design experiments, carry out these experiments and interpret data for a question related to a neuroscience problem.

3. Students will be able to think beyond single-discipline borders when they attempt to solve scientific problems.

4. Students will be able to access, read and gain insight from the primary neuroscience literature.

5. Students will have the opportunity to participate in original research.

6. Students will be able to effectively communicate neuroscience concepts and their relevance to audiences with varying levels of scientific expertise.

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Neuroscience Core courses (5):

1 General elective:

Any upper-level course (course number 250 or higher) in PSYC, NEUR or any other Natural Sciences, including a 2nd course from the “Neuroscience electives.”

A student may petition for a course outside of the Natural Sciences to count as an elective if they can demonstrate its relevance to neuroscience or to their future career plans.